How the NFL grooms an official for the referee position

In the past two seasons, we have seen seven NFL officials promoted to referee due to multiple white hat retirements. While we speculate on who will be the next referee promoted, the NFL actually has a Referee Training Program in place to identify, train, and mentor potential referees well before

3 officials to audition for referee

Three NFL officials will audition this preseason for future referee openings. Deep judges Jonah Monroe, Land Clark, and Don Willard will work all or part of a game at the referee position with a regular referee and other NFL observers watching their performance.  The NFL used to send potential referees to

NFL sends 4 officials north to call CFL games

Two rookie NFL officials, one member of the Officiating Development Program and one veteran NFL official have been working north this summer to call Canadian Football League games.  This is the fourth year of the NFL-CFL Officiating Exchange Program. The NFL officials calling CFL games this year are: Side judge Keith Washington Rookie Jimmy

Former NFL players Jones and Killens talk about being rookie zebras

The NFL officiating season has begun, the NFL Network interviewed former pro players and rookie officials Nate Jones and Terry Killens. They and Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating, joined the program Good Morning Football. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs8gJXxnMcg Jones and Killens are two of six new hires for 2019, and they join current

Candidates for white hat in 2019

The coveted white hat worn by the referee There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired. There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.

NFL hires 24 full-time officials in second year of the program

  The NFL has hired 24 officials as full-time NFL employees for the 2018 season. Last year there were 21 full-timers. Some full-time officials from last year are not full-time officials this year. Up until 2017, all NFL officials were designated at part-time employees and worked full-time jobs outside of football (see table

30 officials audition for NFL positions

Photo from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'TfjW5bRzRO1WH2WxlWAE1w',sig:'xY1QpdoGGBL275S3-njIvnuI9fMSKI69ewxqyeeFeJA=',w:'594px',h:'416px',items:'627765608',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   The NFL has released the names of 30 officials taking part in the 2017 Officiating Development Program. These officials work NFL training camp and preseason games. They then return to officiate in college. The officials are considered finalists once a spot on the roster

4 more hired to fill out officials’ roster

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL has hired four more officials due a late shuffle of retirements and front office moves. The new hires, with their most recent college position, are: U -- Steve Woods (Big Ten) L -- Brian Bolinger (Big Ten) B -- Mearl Robinson (Pac 12) L -- Danny Short (ACC) All four officials